Microsoft and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) have teamed up to put forward $200,000 in scholarships in Amii’s Machine Learning Technician Certification I.
The seats are being offered to Albertans whose employment has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or those who come from communities that are underrepresented in STEM.
“With the demand for AI and machine learning expertise continuing to grow, Amii is pleased to collaborate with Microsoft to accelerate our ability to deliver exceptional training that prepares Albertans for the careers of the future. We’re especially excited to bring diverse voices to our program and our field by offering seats to communities that are historically underserved in computing science and STEM,” says Cam Linke, CEO of Amii.
“Alberta already leads the world in producing top talent in AI, and this collaboration will help us maintain our advantage.”
Machine Learning Technician Certification I is a 13-week certificate focused on growing technical skills in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The project-based certificate features 100 hours of facilitated training consisting of virtual lab, lecture and group sessions and concludes with a capstone project that has participants working through all the stages of a machine learning project.
Twenty scholarships have already been awarded for the Fall 2020 cohort, which started on September 16, and an additional 20 seats will be offered toward the next cohort, beginning on January 12, 2021.
Applications for the Winter 2021 cohort will close on November 30, 2020.